San Francisco-based biotech company Mind Fields has a sketchy history, but when Tessa Johansen is laid off by another struggling tech firm and her ex-husband offers her a job there, it is her only option. With two teenaged kids and an ailing mother to care for, she can’t be too picky. At first all goes extremely well, but soon Tessa discovers the scary underside of the company. More
Tessa Johansen is a divorced mom successfully juggling teenaged children, a live-in mother with Alzheimer’s, a full-time technology career, and an ex-husband who requires a lot of reminding to pay child support. It’s all working well enough until her company lays off 60% of its employees, including Tessa. After months of resumes and interviews with no offers, she reluctantly takes a job at her ex-husband’s firm, Mind Fields. At first all goes well with the job, and relations with her ex improve and blossom--they are dating again. But Tessa soon becomes suspicious of working conditions at a farm connected with Mind Fields, and her instinct to do the right thing endangers her job, her relations with her ex, and even her life.
This compelling novel draws on the strained economy, a lawsuit over a drug trial for Alzheimer’s, parenting and teen angst to create a vivid portrait of the realities of contemporary life.